Tips for Building a Healthier Easter Basket

Easter is such a fun holiday for my kids. My four & two year olds love reading books about Easter, what the holiday is about, and of course, the Easter Bunny. Growing up, I remember the joy and excitement when opening my Easter basket. There was always a bag of jellybeans, a chocolate Easter Bunny, and other fun things like coloring books, crayons, or a fun bow for my hair. Then we would go to the backyard and hunt for Easter eggs. Some were eggshells that we dyed with fun colors and others were plastic eggs to open with usually more candy.

With so many holidays centered around candy, I like to focus more on activity and non-food focused treats. Our family likes to talk about the holiday, dye hard-boiled eggs, and, I have so much fun putting together their Easter baskets. I don't eliminate candy from their baskets or eggs; instead, I like to focus on moderation. We do something active together as a family, whether it's going to the park, riding our bikes, or something as simple as chasing bubbles in the yard. Then there is the Easter egg hunt. They have so much fun running around the yard finding all the places Easter eggs may be hidden. As far as what's inside the eggs and their baskets? I still include a little chocolate bunny and some jellybeans in each, but I also include a lot of non-food treats in their baskets and eggs.

Here's a list of ideas for packing a healthy Easter basket:

  • Matchbox cars
  • Bubbles
  • A new book they've been wanting
  • Coloring books
  • Fun crayons (like glitter or neon crayons)
  • Sticker books
  • Notepads
  • Color wonder markers & paper
  • Various parts of a fun Easter craft they can put together for another activity
  • A small toy they have been asking for

For the Easter Eggs:

  • Individually wrapped dark chocolate
  • Dried fruit such as raisins, craisins, dried cherries, or other no-sugar added dried fruits
  • Trail mix, like this Pistachio-Chip Trail Mix
  • Grapes
  • Coins (my kids love adding coins to their coin jar)
  • Individual size stickers
  • Seed packets (for starting their vegetable garden)
  • Bouncy balls
  • Lip gloss
  • Erasers (stores have a lot of cute options)
  • Party rings with a giant colorful gem (can be found at your local dollar or craft store)
  • Pretty hair ties or clips for girls

To round out our healthy holiday, we love cooking this Slow Cooker Ham & Pineapple with Roasted Asparagus & Cherry Tomatoes. It's a great way celebrate the holiday!